One thought consistently runs through my mind every time I watch Kinji Fukasaku’s Battle Royale (2000): dystopian writers must be pissed as shit because their scenarios keep inching closer to fruition. The film found itself at the mercy of distributors …Continue reading →
Fairy tales have always been my jam. People tend to point to the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen, but if that’s all you know, then I want you to check out some of the even older stuff, like Giambattista …Continue reading →
I got kind of nostalgic for the early aughts, so I went looking for movies to watch again. I stumbled over Troy on Netflix, a 2004 period piece written by David Benioff and directed by Wolfgang Petersen. Based on Homer’s …Continue reading →
“The problem with that film is that I was coked out of my mind all through its production, and I didn’t know what I was doing.” – Stephen King “Cocaine’s a helluva drug.” – Rick James A man goes on …Continue reading →
Total transparency: this week was supposed to feature an entry concerning À l’intérieur (Inside), a French film from 2007 about a pregnant woman (Alysson Paradis) fending off a home invasion staged by a woman (Beatrice Dalle) who wants to cut …Continue reading →
“Frank wrote a new ending that I loved. It is the most shocking ending ever and there should be a law passed stating that anybody who reveals the last 5 minutes of this film should be hung from their neck …Continue reading →
In lieu of the usual King quote, I present you with this: White people continue to be ignorant of Native American culture. It doesn’t go well. The Book This is one of King’s much more defined horror stories, as its …Continue reading →
The 1949 short The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is a Halloween-time classic that has thrills, chills, and oh hell, even some musical numbers. Based on the Washington Irving story, it features the story of Ichabod Crane, a schoolteacher romancing a …Continue reading →
(WARNING: This post contains spoilers for a film that is still in the theatres.) By now, the latest adaptation of It has been out for a little bit. Inevitably, the first question on everyone’s mind at the film’s announcement …Continue reading →
Idris Elba Kicking Ass and Taking Names = Worthwhile Movie Night
By all accounts, I probably shouldn’t be covering this particular trailer. I haven’t read the books the movie is based on; I’ve never really been a devotee of the fantasy genre, let alone epic fantasy; and I’m quite burned out on the “chosen one” plot device. That said, I have been somewhat won over to fantasy stories through the Game of Thrones TV show. Despite all the hype, it is a show that manages to skillfully tell a story with stellar acting (the real selling point, in my opinion), and so I’m game to another good epic if the acting is good and the story is engaging. However, it’s TV shows like Westworld that are nearest and dearest to my heart because it satisfies my personal checklist of things that I DO like:
Westerns (all of them…even the cheesy, politically incorrect ones).
Sci-fi, so long as the story doesn’t take a back seat to the whiz-bang gadgetry and world building.
Sci-fi Westerns?? Awesome idea. I quite enjoyed Cowboys vs. Aliens. Judge me all you want. I feel no shame about this.
The Dark Tower may further scratch my weird-ass entertainment itch and then some due to a few more additions of things I quite like:
Anything to do with parallel dimensions (I have a copy of Brian Greene’s The Hidden Reality on my To-Read List and intend to find a portal to somewhere someday).
Idris Elba (do you need a reason?).
Matthew McConaughey playing a bad guy.
Based on this trailer, The Dark Tower checks off the abovementioned attributes and is just a friggin cool trailer. So whether or not I’m “qualified” to highlight it, I want to anyway. There’s plenty of Matrix stylization and “we must save the world” dialogue, but watching Idris Elba in a black duster coat channeling his inner Wyatt Earp will alone be worth the $10-$15 for the movie ticket. I’ll definitely be watching.